Battleborn might be just another Hero Shooter on the surface, however there is more to the game than some people think. Some of those things might even be a bit complex. On this page I try and answer as many questions as I can.
Battleborn is a hero shooter. It plays like first person shooter (FPS) but also has drawn inspiration from fighting games, role playing games (RPG) & Moba’s. So Gearbox Software is once again blending different video game genres.
Battleborn has 30 playable characters each with their own splay style and skill tree.
Battleborn takes place near the end of the universe. As the universe is dying and all stars but one have darkened. All species capable of space travel have gathered around the last star called Solus. With the different factions that emerged, they all have different opinions about what to do with the last star. Some believe the ending of this universe is the beginning of a new one. Others want to protect the last star, learn from it and gain knowledge how to preserve it. But as these factions fight over their future a evil force, who is behind the darkening of the stars, starts their assault on Solus. As the different factions learn about these they join forces to stop the real thread.
No! Although the game has drawn inspiration from those type of games like it does from other genres.
Maybe? The multiplayer game mode called Incursion does feature a moba like structure. Where 2 teams of heroes must defend their own base from waves of AI-controlled minions while working together alongside their own minions to destroy their opponent’s base.
No, Battleborn features lineair levels like a Call of Duty or Halo. It’s not like a Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and also doesn’t follow the Borderlands structure where the game is segmented into different areas that are connected. The story mode is cut up in chapters/missions/stages/levels and throughout each chapter you are getting a slice of the story.
Battleborn’s campaign has the length of your average FPS. However Gearbox has put a lot of effort in replay-ability. By replaying missions you will be presented with different dialogue and challenges. Then there is the hunt for specific loot. For more details about replay-ability check out my article on this subject.
Yes. Battleborn offers an complete package, there is a lot of content in the game. You got a story mode that tells an epic battle and multiplayer modes that keep you entertained. There are 30 characters with skill trees you can level up. Building an awesome hero by collection gear and creating loadouts. You want to keep grinding for better gear.
Xbox One (XBONE), Playstation 4 (PS4), PC (Steam)
There hasn’t been any announcement about a Mac, Linux, or Switch version.
Yes and No. Technically Battleborn is a regular retail game. There is a trial version of the game that let’s you play the Multiplayer for free and for unlimited time. Which basically is a Free to Play game, however they can’t market it that way and there for call it a Free Trial. More details about the Free Trial can be found here.
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Yes! Battleborn support 2 player splitscreen on consoles (XBONE & PS4) and you will be able to play splitscreen online. The host account will need to have a premium membership (Xbox Gold or PS+), but the other (guest) will not.
Yes! Battleborn will feature the loyalty reward bonuses that also where present in Borderlands. SHIFT codes will be used for Gear packs, skins, titles and more.
Battleborn has 5 playable factions, In the Multiplayer Mode they fight over the last scraps and in the Story Mode they join forces for the survival of Solus.
- Eldrid – The nature loving faction that strives to remain at peace
- Jennerit Imperium – rule others by force, valuing power above all else
- Last Light Consortium – War profiteers made up primarily of robots
- Peacekeepers – The sworn protectors of Solus
- Rogue – The faction that isn’t a faction
Battleborn launches with 25 playable characters, 5 additional characters where added as post launch DLC. During the launch of the game you would start with 7 heroes (Marquis, Miko, Oscar Mike, Rath, Montana, Orendi & Thorn) and need to unlock the other advanced characters by playing the game. However since the Winter Patch all heroes are unlocked from the start. The challenges you previously needed to do to unlock heroes will now reward you with skins. Check the hero profile pages for their specific unlocks or check out this overview on how to unlock all Battleborn.
10 Battleborn heroes introduced
There are various character customization options. You can set different Skins, taunts and titles. These can be unlocked by opening up faction gear pack, complete challenges, or buy them in the store. Skins will come in 3 tiers.
- A recolor of your hero
- A themed skins (zombie, etc)
- Premium skin that will be more exclusive and change the look of the character
Battleborn will feature two difficulty settings; Normal & Hard. On each difficulty setting there is an x-amount of team respawns. If you run out of respawns and you die it’s game over. There is an extra option to enable and that’s ‘Hardcore Mode’ this sets your respawns to zero. This feature can be applied to Normal and Hard mode.
Gearbox and 2K Games have given insight on their post launch content. Battleborn will get some free content and some paid content. More details can be found in this article about the season pass and dlc stuff.
Since the launch of the Free Trial the Season Pass has been removed from stores.
Yes there are bots in the multiplayer mode. You can set a number of bots or set it on fill. If you are in a match and a player drops/ rage quits then a bot will take its spot. You can fill a private match with you playing only against bots. They are pretty good and like to buy turrets and collect shards.
Battleborn will be release on May 3rd 2016 on PC, Xbox One & Playstation 4.
Mac, Linux, Wii U or Nintendo NX are not announced at this time.
ESRB: T for Teen
Yes, there is a matchmaking system that will feature a general matchmaking and draft mode.
Yes there are multiple ways to level up within Battleborn.
Battleborn’s accelerated character growth system allows players to level-up a character from 1 to 10 and fully experience each hero’s unique weapons and powers in a single story mission or multiplayer match.
All experience points, whether earned through playing Battleborn’s Story
Mode or Competitive Multiplayer modes, contribute to leveling up individual Character Rank, as well as player profile Command Rank.
Each hero can permanently rank up from 1 to 15 outside of missions
and matches, allowing players to unlock additional augments in their Helix skill tree, as well as unlock skins and taunts.
Players can rank up their own player profile, unlocking badges and
titles to impress friends, and earning gear that can be used to modify the way any hero plays.
Battleborn is a first person shooter. Although there are some moments in the game where the camera goes to a 3rd person view like when using a jumppad. Also if some hero uses one of their special abilities the camera will move from a first person perspective to a 3rd person perspective.
Since the Free Trial all hero keys have been removed. They will unlock the heroes by default or add enough credits to your account to unlock the dlc Battleborn.
Battleborn shipped with 25 playable heroes, everyone receives 5 free additional characters as was stated by 2K Games. Once those have all been released, Battleborn will feature a total of 30 heroes to choose from.
The Battleborn Season Pass (which is also included with the Digital Deluxe Edition) includes 5 “character unlock keys”. Each time a character is released, 1 character unlock key will be released. The unlock key will allow you to unlock ANY character that has been released so far whom you do not already have unlocked. The key will just show up on your account — no SHiFT code or extra steps involved.
The first key will be releasing with Alani. There was some confusion that the key would be available at launch. This is incorrect. PS4 beta players will receive an additional key.
No, it is not possible to change your hero during the match. A lot of systems are here in play. Changing characters would interfere with the level progression and a lot of choices in the game are made based on your hero. Not just choices by you, but also by your opponents on how to counter your initial choices.
Gearbox and 2K Games started a new series of videos where they answer community questions. Send in your #BadassQuestions and they try to answer as many as they can. I started adding them to my site, check out the overview in my Community Questions Article.